German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande took part in ceremonies to remember the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who were killed in the WW I battle. With no survivors left, the focus was on reaffirming European solidarity.
The bell of Parliament's Big Ben clock tower in London chimed at 11 a.m. to mark the time World War I ended in 1918. In Paris, wreaths were laid at the Arc de Triomphe, where an eternal flame burns for unknown soldiers.
During World War I, Hartmannswillerkopf in Alsace was the scene of fierce battles between France and Germany. Now a memorial site will serve as a place of remembrance and reconciliation.
The French and German leaders have attended a series of events to commemorate those killed in the WWI campaign. They used the occasion to urge increased European unity in the face of many challenges.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande prepare to meet in Verdun, DW looks back at the World War I battle. The senseless massacre lasted 300 days and failed to produce a victor.
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